Take Survey to Have Your Voice Heard
By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
December 8, 2010
On Dec. 6 an e-mail was sent to UNH employees from email@example.com with the subject “Benefits and Compensation Preferences Survey.” This is not spam. USNH has commissioned Towers Watson, a global human resources consulting firm, to conduct a survey to see which benefits and means of compensation employees deem most important.
If you haven’t taken the survey yet, there is still time to let your opinions be known. The poll is open until Dec. 17. AAUP faculty will not participate in the survey. If you didn’t receive the e-mail or the survey was inadvertently deleted, e-mail the Tower Watson help desk at firstname.lastname@example.org with an explanation that you need the survey re-sent to you.
If you did receive the survey and hear of someone who didn’t, do not forward your survey link; have them contact the Tower Watson help desk.
Employees will receive at least two reminders from the survey administrators.
The e-mail states, “This online survey will help USNH identify which benefits and compensation programs our employees believe are most important, and what each person values. The survey results will also help USNH reach decisions about ways to maximize the investment of their constrained resources in benefits and compensation offerings in the future.”
The e-mail goes on to note that no decisions about changes to benefits and compensation programs have been made. The various options and elements presented in the survey represent different choices that tell USNH in a general way what elements employees prefer and find more or less valuable.
Members of the System Personnel Policy Committee (SPPC) test-piloted the survey and provided feedback that allowed for its retooling prior to going out to faculty and staff.
“Encourage all of your constituents to take the survey. It is important because the board of trustees is giving us the opportunity to give our opinion,” said Tracy Boyle, SPPC representative, during the December meeting of the PAT Council. “This is our chance to put our stamp on it.”
When asked about the timeline for the survey and its analysis, Boyle told PAT representatives a quick turnaround is expected.
“I hope when the SPPC meets in January, we will be able to talk about the results,” she said.
The next meeting of the SPPC is scheduled for Jan. 20, 2011.